February 3, 2007
Bearcats Stun Central Missouri 82-64 to Snap 19-Game Winning Streak
MARYVILLE - ( stats) Northwest Missouri State men's basketball, the 16th-ranked team in the country, was the undefeated killer for the second time this season wiping out No. 2 Central Missouri, 82-64, this afternoon from Bearcat Arena. Behind a packed crowd of 1,813, Northwest held at least a 10-point advantage in the second half taking down its third ranked opponent in four games.
Northwest, the No. 4 team in the South Central Region, improves to 17-4 on the season and 10-2 on the league. UCM falls for the first time and stands 19-1 and 10-1 in the MIAA.
Leading by a 17-16 margin, a jumper and a triple from freshman Lance Sullivan ignited a 24-14 Northwest spurt. The Bearcats forced six turnovers during that eight-minute span and the Bearcats led 44-36 at the half.
The Northwest dominance started shortly after halftime. A jumper by UCM's Alonzo Brooks brought the guests to a 46-40 score at the 18:19 mark. But, the Mules could only muster two free throws and a pair of jumpers in the next nine minutes and Northwest raced out to a 68-46 margin under 10 minutes.
Sullivan ended with a career-high 24 points hitting three treys in the process. Junior Matt Withers collected 12 points on an efficient 4-of-5 shooting day. Sophomore Hunter Henry finished with his eighth career double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds while junior Kelvin Cayruth had 10 points in 20 minutes off the bench.
UCM was led in the scoring column by Zack Wright's 15 and 14 by Alonzo Brooks.
The Bearcats shot a conference-best 54.2 percent (32-of-59) and turned the ball over just 10 times. Conversely, UCM was 42 percent (20-of-48) overall and had 21 turnovers.
The Bearcats travel to Kirksville, Mo., for a date with Truman State on Wednesday, Feb. 7. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
NOTES: The win snapped a five-game losing streak in the series ... Sophomore Hunter Henry had just three points at the half - his 11-point total gave him his 17th straight game over 10 points ... The win was the 13th straight at home for the Bearcats -- tied for the 12th longest active streak in Division II ... Northwest dropped then-No. 6 Emporia State (Jan. 24) to halt ESU's 16-game winning streak to open the campaign ... The Bearcats stand 4-1 this season against ranked opponents ... By forcing 21 turnovers, Northwest moves to 9-3 when the opponent has 20 or more.
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